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Tottenham boss Mourinho hails his whizkid trio; praises academy after Euro triumph

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho hailed his whizkids after victory over Europa League opponents Wolfsberger.

Mourinho was delighted with Dane Scarlett's performance, along with Marcel Lavinier and Nile John, who all came off the bench.

Mourinho said: “Let's start from the end - Scarlett again! He's a fantastic player, a kid with an incredible talent. Lavinier for the first time, John for the first time, and if the story I was told is true, it's an amazing story, he arrived at the Club at seven-years-old and 10 years later, he plays in this stadium, Europa League.

“So, congratulations to the Academy and to all the other kids, because in the end, they are all friends, they all have the same dream and when some reach the dream, I believe all the others, they also feel happy.

“After that, of course we qualified, but we qualified playing well, playing seriously, scoring beautiful goals, all four goals are beautiful goals and more important than that, the attitude. People went serious to the game, so, a good night for us."

Speaking further about the work of the Academy - remembering that Spurs took four youngsters to the first leg in Budapest and had another four on the bench last night - Mourinho added: “I respect the work they do, and when I can push a little, the best push I can give to their work is to bring the kids and to make the kids feel that the door is open for them.

“It's just about the work. The interaction is very good, the kids have trained with us many times, we even do sometimes 11 against 11, bringing the kids in to train with us. The relationship is very good, and I feel happy every time I give a chance. In Dane's case, it's already the third chance, and, of course, more will come. Even for others, it's a boost for them, and I'm very happy for them."

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